October Maker of the Month – Dylan Eddy
Dylan Eddy grew up in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, USA. He majored in Jewellery and Metals at the Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD) in Calgary, Alberta, where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2012. He is now a practising artist working out of his home studio, in Cleveland Heights. Dylan has taught Continuing Education jewellery classes, as well as jewellery workshops in Canada and the United States. His work has been exhibited across Canada, the US, and Japan.
Dylan draws inspiration from a variety of sources, ranging from archaeological and historic works to epic literature, such as Beowulf and the Lord of the Rings, to space exploration and cosmology. Influenced by Celtic, Norse, and Japanese aesthetics, Dylan works with ideas related to the passage of time and identity. He explores these themes through various artistic practices, including: jewellery and metals, textiles, drawing, and painting. Dylan integrates the values of enduring quality and the authenticity of hand-made work into all his pieces.
Dylan produces all of his work by hand, using traditional techniques. He believes in the importance of maintaining these practises, especially as automation and now artificial intelligence continue to encroach on, subvert, and dominate the creative industries. There is a danger that the creativity and skills of traditional artisans will be lost, or greatly diminished.
As a result of industrialization, and modern consumerism, people today are largely unaware of what is required to produce pieces by hand – whether it be a piece of jewellery or a woven garment. Traditional craftsmanship requires that a lot of time and effort go into every piece. The process begins on paper, with sketches, and progress into a design layout. In most cases, samples and prototypes are produced before a design is finalized.
The ancient dual process of chasing and repoussé is one of Dylan’s favoured techniques. In these processes the piece is shaped, by hammering with punches of different shapes, both from the front (chasing) and/or from behind (repoussé). These techniques have been widely used all over the world, and only require simple tools. Despite this simplicity, chasing and repoussé can produce work that is hard to match, or replicate though more modern means.